Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
This community-run eight-day festival will bring some extra colour to Brockley with a range of artistic events and activities. Share your food memories in a mural with food-loving artists Gourmandizing (May 30), discover knitted street art with Deadly Knitshade (Jun 2) and find out how graffiti became art in a talk by aerosol writer The Artful Dodger and anthropologist David Holloway (Jun 4).Read more
A monthly late opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions, with free entry to the Central Hall and Images of Nature gallery, changing discussions on timely themes, open-mic performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the evening, and British farmers’-market-style food and drink in the pop-up restaurant. Themes for each monthly discussion change; see the museum website for details of forthcoming discussions, which are bookable in advance.Read more
From the team behind last year’s Soho Flea Market comes the Embankment Summer Market, which brings together artisans, fashion designers and musicians – not to mention plenty of food and drink, a farmers’ market and family entertainment. City Showcase have curated a winning selection of over 180 stalls: look out for contemporary jewellery from Maya Magal, colourful babywear from We Are Scamp and handmade homewares from Annette Bugansky. The delicious street food line up includes The Cheese Truck, The Duck Truck and Saltwood Fish Bar. it's a not-for-profit event in support of The Connection at St Martin’s charity, which helps homeless people in Central London.Read more
If, like garishly face-painted ’80s rockers KISS, you just love to rock and roll all nite, Rockaoke is clearly the gig for you. Wail and shriek through tons of rock and punk classics, plus a bit of pop and indie if you’re more Mumford than Metallica. And don’t worry if your air guitar needs re-stringing: at Rockaoke you’re backed by a four-piece live band who’ll riff and tub-thump you through your chosen anthem. Just remember not to strain that pelvis while you're holding a serious rock lunge as you're tearing into Boston’s ‘More than a Feeling’.Read more
The annual London Improvathon – which is now in its eigth year – features 50 hours of continuous made-up-on-the-spot funnies from 20 actors plus guest artists. This year, the team are planning on improvising a whole 25-episode soap opera, all set in Hollywood. For those prepared to go the whole hog, a 50-hour pass is on sale. Or if you'd prefer to pop along for an hour or two, tickets are available for each episode (two hours). The show runs from 7pm on Friday May 29 right through to 9pm on Sunday May 31.Read more
It's been going for over twenty years, but this club night is still a hugely popular event. At the start of 2015, Blow Up found a new home at Soho basement venue St Moritz Club, where it now holds a weekly Friday residency. Luckily, there's still the same mix of DJs, including head honcho Paul Tunkin, spinning British pop, punk, boogaloo, new wave, Motown, mod anthems and soul from the '60s to the noughties, plus guest live performances from bands such as Big Boss Man and Slug. Super-groovy stuff.Read more
One of the finest and most fun pop-up parties of last summer, Flamingo Pier is back for summer 2015, which is great news for anyone who likes their pop-ups with a big dose of tropical indulgence. The action takes place both inside Hackney Wick's Counter Cafe and on the venue's floating pontoon, as well as Counter's moored canalside boat. As before, there'll be DJs spinning deep disco and hip house soundtracks, street food, bespoke cocktails and craft beer (from Hackney Wick's Crate Brewery), but for 2015 the Flamingo Pier crew have stepped things up: each night the party will be themed around a different exotic location or 'postcard', with food, drink inspired by the setting and custom projections to bring the theme to life visually: Bali, the Seychelles, Phillipines and Burma are all on the list, so prepare to be treated to some wild and wonderful tastes, soundtracked by top disco, house and funk DJs. The Flamingo Pier parties were understandably popular last time around and Counter Cafe's capacity isn't huge (which keeps things intimate), so get down there early to snag a door ticket.Read more
One of the many sour points of Soho institution Madame Jojo's closing at the end of 2014 was the initial loss of much-loved mid-week club night White Heat. But after a storming NYE party, WH has found a new home at iconic north London music boozer and venue The Lexington. The White Heat crew have secured a weekly Friday night residency at the pub, featuring the same intoxicating mix of alternative dancefloor tracks of all shapes, primarily spun by resident DJs and special guests, but also supplied by rising underground bands in the occasional performances. So it seems that there's no cooling off for White Heat, which is a great thing indeed.Read more
Weekly big-name DJ line-ups – including some truly global megastars – belting out trance, twisted electro, EDM and big-room house anthems at this south London superclub. It's always an epic night and regularly attracts a suitably heaving and dedicated crowd.Read more
This new monthly night at Village Underground showcases all kinds of underground sounds with a focus firmly on the darker end of the electronic spectrum. As well as on-point house and techno from a range of scene leading DJs and producers from around the globe, Superstition will, say organisers, offer 'a space in time that brings together a cult ... Be prepared to let your senses loose in the darkness, where music is the only guide ... where perspective is lost in a candlelit dancefloor.' So prepare to get just a little wild and shamanic on the dancefloor and probably don't request Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition'.Read more
Venue says: £10 express lunch Tuesday-Saturday noon-2:30pm (a la carte also available).
Just south of Richmond Bridge, this traditional Italian local was half full with a mix of families and dowdyish couples on our Sunday lunchtime visit. It isn’t a particularly romantic spot – our booth table was too wide for intimate banter, the dark decor a little gloomy – but the generous, mostly reliable food makes up for it. Our only disappointment from a good-value £25 set lunch was a fennel, ricotta and chilli risotto – the mushy texture and bland flavour reminded us of baby food. Things picked up with the main courses. Pork rolled in leeks and thyme was the perfect Sunday lunch dish with a rich sauce and smooth potato purée. Tiger prawn fettuccine au gratin came piping hot with lashings of cream, parmesan and lemon, plus the pleasing tang of radicchio. For dessert, panna cotta served in a coupe, was a nutty, mocha-infused affair worth every caloria. A peachy garganega from the compelling Italian wine list (lots of bottles under £30) was delightful. Service was professional, if a little cool. A Cena’s owners, Tim and Camilla Healy, are spreading their net and are now co-owners of Orso and Joe Allen in Covent Garden.